In many places where you need to input your password to gain access, authorise or confirm a transaction, whenever you type passwords into the input box, the characters automatically change into asterisks or bullets. This is to protect your password from straying eyes.

There is a simple trick to find out what is behind the bullet points or asterisks in web browsers.

The hidden fields are disguised using simple HTML or CSS so just changing the values on the fly will reveal what is behind the bullets or asterisks.

Google Chrome

In this example I am using Linkedin as a login area.

Right click on the password box and click on “Inspect element”

At the bottom of your screen it will be sectioned off with a whole lot of code, you will only need to focus on the code highlighted in blue.

Change type=password to type=text

Once you change that the password is revealed.

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